Everybody knows that if while walking on South Beach you get some tar on your heels that you clean it with mineral spirits. It always comes right off.
And everybody also now knows that Miami guard Bruce Brown was not the least bit nervous for his first career matchup against top 10-ranked North Carolina. Apparently, the Boston native never got the text.
Brown was a one-man wrecking crew in the Hurricanes’ 77-62 victory over North Carolina Saturday afternoon at the Watsco Center. He finished the game with 30 points, connecting on 8-of-11 shots from the field as he helped propel the Hurricanes to a 77-62 victory. Brown’s 30-point performance was the most by a Miami freshman since UM joined the ACC in 2004-05.
Miami’s win over North Carolina handed the Hurricanes their first win over a top 10 team this season and the first over a top 10 opponent since the Hurricanes downed No. 3 Virginia last season.
The win was Miami’s fifth in its last seven meetings against the Tar Heels. The win also was the Hurricanes’ second-largest victory over the Tar Heels and their largest since 2013.
Teammates Ja’Quan Newton and Davon Reed also chipped in as they scored in double figures, finishing with 18 and 14 points, respectively.
The Hurricanes defeated North Carolina in nearly every statistical category including rebounds and points in the paint. UNC entered the game as the No. 1 rebounding team in the nation, averaging 45.9 rebounds per game.
The Hurricanes were also strong defensively as they forced the Tar Heels into 14 turnovers, blocked six shots and held UNC to a season-low 21 made field goals. North Carolina jumped out to an early lead in the first half as it outscored Miami 11-2 with 16:28 to go until halftime.
The Hurricanes responded in a big way over the next seven minutes as they went on a 24-5 run to take a 26-16 lead with 9:25 remaining until the break. Newton keyed the Hurricanes run as he scored six points during the stretch. Miami also was a perfect 3-for-3 from long range. Anthony Lawrence, Reed and Brown all connected from 3-point range.
Miami closed the half with a 10-4 spurt to take a 39-22 lead into the locker room. The Hurricanes were strong inside and in transition over the first 20 minutes of play as they held a 16-6 lead in points in the paint and an 8-0 advantage in fast break points.
Newton scored a game-high 14 points in the first half. Brown also finished in double figures as he scored 11 points, going 2-of-2 from the field and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
The Hurricanes came out firing in the second half as they opened up a 22-point lead with 14 minutes to go in the game. UNC trimmed Miami’s lead to 11 on two separate occasions, but the Tar Heels would get no closer as the Hurricanes captured their second straight win.
Miami returns to action on Wednesday as it welcomes No. 6/8 Florida State to the Watsco Center. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be aired on the ACC Network.